Snow-Camp (www.snow-camp.org.uk), an innovative youth charity that uses a unique combination of skiing, snowboarding and life-skills programmes to support inner-city young people have announced that their two day endurance fund raising event will be back in the French and Swiss Alps next January.
Previously known as the 'Everest Challenge' the 'Alpine Challenge 2013' involves teams of four riders who must cover 150km of GPS tracked skiing or boarding over two non-stop days across the dozen ski resorts of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area which straddles the French/Swiss border. In addition all team members must complete a 10km mountain hike during the night between the two days.
Taking place from the 17th – 20th January 2013, up to 25 teams are expected to compete for the Alpine Challenge trophy. Last year's event raised £25,000 for the charity despite challenging conditions.
Anyone who believes they can do it and wants to raise money for Snow-Camp can apply to take part.
For each team of four people there is a £400 registration fee (£100 per person) and each team then commits to raise a minimum of £2,000 or £500 per team member – this is the cost to participate without any 'holiday' package.
The full 'Alpine Challenge Package' includes all flights, transfers, hotel accommodation in Morzine, ski passes, night hike guides, GPS equipment, team bibs, meals, medals and trophies and the support of the Snow-Camp staff team.
For each team of four people there is a £1,000 registration fee (£250 per person) Each team then commits to raise a minimum of £5,000 or £1,250 per team member. If you require superior accommodation the registration fee is £1,500 per team.
In some cases five people may be allowed in a team and singles and couples who don't have friends or relatives wanting to join them can still apply and will be combined in to a team.
"Yes, it's a competition, and yes it's an endurance event (otherwise why would people sponsor you?!) but as anyone who completed the Challenge in the past will tell you, it's also great fun and a fantastic experience! With so many snow sports enthusiasts all in one exclusive hotel, and with everyone primarily out to raise funds for charity there is a really positive and supportive (as well as a little competitive!) atmosphere throughout the event!" says a statement from the organisers.